Chemists

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What do they do?

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

Also known as:

Air Quality Chemist, Analytical Chemist, Chemical Laboratory Scientist, Chemist, Forensic Chemist, Forensic Scientist, Process Chemist, Product Development Chemist, Quality Control Chemist (QC Chemist), Research and Development Chemist, Research Chemist, Research Scientist, Sanitary Chemist, Scientist, Senior Chemist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Chemists in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Chemists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 3.6%

    Percent Change

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  • 8,400

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Bachelors degree, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (20.2%)
  • Master's degree (21.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (52.3%)
  • Associate's degree (1.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (2.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (1.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.4%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Test quality of materials or finished products.
  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing.
  • Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Establish standards for products, processes, or procedures.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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